Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a type of restoration used for the replacement of missing teeth. As the name suggests, a bridge fills in the gap in your mouth to restore both the function and appearance of your teeth and smile.

Assessment

Before getting a dental bridge, your dentist will examine you and recommend the best treatment option for your individual situation. For example, a dental implant or dental crown may work better for your needs. To make this determination, your dentist will conduct an examination of the area, taking x-rays to get a full picture of the situation. Your dentist will guide you in making the right choice based on your specific needs.

First Dental Appointment

If you are getting a dental bridge, your first appointment will involve the preparation of your teeth and the placement of a temporary bridge. Bridges typically rely upon adjacent healthy teeth on the other sides of the gap. These teeth are called “abutment teeth”, which are used to connect the dental bridge. You will be provided with a local anaesthetic during this procedure.

Your dentist will prep the abutment teeth to make room for the dental bridge. They will create impressions of your teeth for delivery to a dental lab, which will be constructing your new dental bridge. Your bridge will be designed to provide a close match to the color of your surrounding teeth so that it blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

For some patients, dental implants work better as abutment teeth for anchoring a bridge. This may be because the teeth on either side of the gap are too weak to support a dental bridge on their own. Your dentist will discuss this with you, if this happens to be the case.

Learn More About Dental Bridges

Interested in dental bridges? Contact our team to learn more about this procedure. New patients are welcome.